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Hear Col Joye in a new role, as a hard driving R & B Singer.

Col Joye’s Rhythm ‘n’ Blues SessionJust arrived at OzVinyl – Rare OZ Vinyl LP released in 1965 on the Blue & Silver Festival Label. Cat.FL31672. This LP is in MONO. Features Col Joye with the Joy Boys and one track as a duet with Judy Stone.
Col Joye’s Rhythm & Blues Session
$110 SHOP NOWTracks: Down the line, Can your monkey do the dog, Evil hearted man, Hey baby, Endless sleep, Melbourne city (Kansas city), That’s really some good (Col Joye & Judy Stone), School day, I almost lost my mind, My babe, Trouble in mind, Reelin’ and Rockin’
Col Joye, recorded this Festival LP package “Rhythm and Blues Session” prior his tour of Japan with his group The Joy Boys. He was touring with other Festival recording stars including Judy Stone. The album which includes “Evil Hearted Man” and “I Almost Lost My Mind” shows Col Joye in a new role. It presents him as a hard-driving R & B singer. Selected songs from the album were presented nationally on the Channel nine network as a Bandstand Spectacular, compered by Brian Henderson.

Rare Normie Rowe Vinyl

A “hard to get” collectors vinyl 45 RPM – One of Normie’s best. ONLY ONE LEFT!

Normie Rowe had already sung in the local church choir and performed in a high school band when at the age of 14 he appeared at his music school’s concert and was spotted by the concert’s compere, prominent Melbourne radio personality Stan Rofe. Impressed, Stan made the appropriate introductions to dance promoters.
By the time he released his first single Normie already had several years of experience behind him, in the traditional dance circuit where (as in the Big Band era) several featured singers stepped up to perform in front of the house band.

The Beatles era changed all that, but Normie had served his apprenticeship that way. At the same time, he was one of the first Melbourne entertainers with the ‘long hair’ of the new Beatles-influenced music era. Famously, Normie had to choose between his hair and his job with the PMG (now Telstra). He chose his hair and singing.
Sunshine Records, offered him his big chance. The first single, on a suggestion from mentor Stan Rofe was a version of the ‘Porgie And Bess’ stage musical song ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’.

Rofe had heard an updated version on a Searchers’ album from England. In Normie Rowe’s hands it drove a wedge right through the generation gap. Not only was he long-haired, he was suggesting that “the things read in the Bible” weren’t necessarily true. Controversy! The fact that the song came from an established musical meant it couldn’t be dismissed out of hand. It became a top ten hit. For his second single,

Normie dived into Stan Rofe’s vast record collection and came up with Ben E King’s ‘I Who Have Nothing’, another top ten. The third single took the nation by storm. On one side the pop singer revived and energized Doris Day’s ‘Que Sera Sera’; on the other side he recorded English rock’s only pre-Beatles classic, ‘Shakin All Over’. Both sides received massive airplay and carried the single to No.1 nationally, accompanied by the constant “Normie Rowe riot” headlines generated by the singer’s live performances.

The head of Sunshine records, Ivan Dayman, also Normie’s manager, ran a long-established string of national venues. He knew the art of promotion. Legend has it that the security guards hired to protect Normie from his enthusiastic fans were also under instructions to trip the singer or push him off stage into the arms of his fans, ensuring those “riots”. Venues were also crowded beyond capacity, resulting in fans fainting from more than Normie Rowe worship. However it happened, it all made for great pictures and headlines in the newspapers. The hits kept coming. Normie Rowe and his group The Playboys became the star attraction of the Sunshine tours, which criss-crossed the eastern coast of Australia, Normie on a bus with all the rivals for his crown as Australia’s No.1 King Of Pop – Tony Worsley, Mike Furber – anxious to upstage him.
In September 1966 Normie travelled to England, where he recorded many tracks, including the hit single ‘Ooh La la’, another big hit for him at home, and making it into the British Top Thirty. He promoted his second English single ‘It’s Not Easy’ touring with Gene Pitney and the Troggs, and toured America with Roy Orbison. The later singles ‘Ooh La La’ and ‘Going Home’ also made a Top Thirty impact in the UK.
By now the Beatles and world music had gone from mop tops to Sgt. Pepper and Normie was edging ever closer to international stardom when the biggest challenge to his career came at the hands of the Australian Government.

The nation was involved in the Vietnam War, and 20 year olds were liable for conscription into the military. Normie Rowe’s name came up in first 1968 intake. Most conscripts were selected by a ballot of birthday dates but Normie would find out much later, that his birthday was not one of those that was drawn out. It has been suggested by many, that Normie had been conscripted because of who he was.
He served time in Vietnam, and was one of the lucky ones to return. But those two years away from his fans cost him dearly. Australia had a new King Of Pop in Johnny Farnham.

Normie scored his last hit of that era in May 1970 just after his release from the Army. However his “pop star” era had ended and he then moved into the wonderful training ground of the NSW Clubs circuit. Throughout this period, he constantly worked with big bands and the masters, Ricky May, J OK, Col Joye etc.

In 1975 he recorded his next album “Out of the Norm” which included the hit Elizabeth. He continued to perform and record sporadically.

Normie continues a hectic schedule of live performances and has added an “Unplugged” show “An Audience With Normie Rowe” to his repertoire of performance modes and in 2006,

2007/8 saw the release of a collection of Normie’s recorded works detailing chronologically his recording career form 1965 to the current day.
In 2009 Normie joined The Governor General, and Sir Jack and Lady Margaret Brabham as National Patrons of Kidney Health Australia (Formerly The Kidney Foundation)

Normie continues to record with a 7 track Extended Play CD becoming available late 2010.
He is also well sought after on the major luxury cruise ships plying the waters of the South Pacific Asia Europe and the United States.

Col Joye Sings Songs That Rocked The Stadium.

What a great find! “Col Joye Sings Songs That Rocked The Stadium” The Stadium was the hub of Australian and overseas music legends of the 50’s. Sydneysiders will remember most of these tracks;

Pretty Girls Everywhere, • Dreamy Eyes, • The Wonder Of You, • Half As Much, • Lover Doll, • Oh Yeah Uh Huh, • The Bluebird, The Buzzard and The Oriole, • Rockin’ Rollin” Clementine, • Say Momma, • Rocky Road Blues, • Living Doll, Trouble

Very rare VINYL LP Record
$110 – SHOP NOW

“Col Joye has hit Australia with an impact equalled by only a few world famous artists.The group started with Col Joye, Guitar and vocal: Kevin Jacobsen piano: John Bogie, drums. They played at parties, weddings, etc. and Col always brought the house down with a song.Col was working at a jewellery warehouse at the time a young fellow staff. His name was Dave Bridge, and he’d been playing guitar since his ninth birthday. Col decided to build the group up, so Dave joined, and then Laurie Erwin was added. Laurie played tenor sax. Next came a bass player Kevin Jacobsen.This was a fairly big group, so they had to get big jobs. They auditioned for a job in one of Sydney’s biggest hotel lounges and landed it. After two weeks in the lounge, the public were queueing up before opening time to get in.An Australian promoter heard of this and offered Col a spot on a show packed withAustralian and well known artists. Col and his group left the Hotel lounge for better things. Col recalls the lounge manager telling him he was a “dreamer”when said he said he was going to make records and perform.In the Tv world, col has emerged as a unique personality, his appearances resulting in a flood of fan mail that was previously unheard of .Col has literally stunned the public with his electrifyng performances Sydney Stadium, The mecca of entertainment in Australia, and since touring with Lee Gordon, he has proved to be world class.The songs presented in this album, represent Col Joye’s greatest Stadium successes. Each one has ‘brought the house down” and the stadium has been shaken by tumultuous applause that has greeted Col’s performances

This album has been produced to remind you of “The Songs That Rocked The Stadium”
I know I’ll enjoy this album. There’s some songs that I remember, that will no doubt bring back a flood of good memories and feelings and others that are new to me.
This is a real collector’s piece.

Bulletproof. Brian Cadd and The Bootleg Family Band. His first solo album in a decade.

SHOP NOW Brian Cadd made a triumphant return to the airwaves with his first solo album in a decade – ‘Bulletproof!’, released November 2016.

Revisiting the 1970s rock n roll sounds of The Bootleg Family Band, Bulletproof is a powerful album that will transport listeners back to their live shows. Whether you are a fan of Brian’s early work with Axiom, his acclaimed hits Ginger Man, Let Go, and Little Ray of Sunshine, or his work as a songwriter for the likes of Joe Cocker, Cilla Black and John Farnham, there is something on this album for everyone.

In 1972, Australian songwriting Brian Cadd and Ron Tudor created a band of Melbourne’s most seasoned musicians and anointed them The Bootleg Family Band. The group scored a couple of Top 10 hits in Australia with covers of Loggins and Messina’s “Your Mama Don’t Dance” and Betty Everett’s “The Shoop Shoop Song”. The band was renamed when Brian Cadd left for the United States in 1975 to pursue his solo career.1 The idea to record an album first began in 2013, but it took 3 years to record. “It was mostly about getting back together with the actual Bootleg Family Band again, we decided to go into the studio for a few days and see what happened. The original vibe returned almost immediately and it was just like 40 years ago, Coxy still telling the same jokes he told back in 1973. It was funny and lovely.” Brian said on the decision to reunite, record and tour.2 The album celebrates a collection of previously unreleased songs Cadd had stored away, some that he had penned for and were previously recorded by other performers, and songs which were crafted in a studio. Cadd said “Most songwriters have a couple of songs that they’ve written for other artists that they’ve always felt they would have loved to have a go at themselves. As a solo artist I have always been expected to do ballads and story songs. Deep down where I live, it’s all rock n roll.” The album is described as “a powerful, rollicking, rock n roll album that will transport listeners back to the live show sounds of Brian Cadd with his famous Bootleg Family Band.”3 2016 is also a celebration of Cadd’s 50th year in the music business and 70th birthday.

Tina Arena to play Evita at Sydneys Opera House

“Don’t Cry For Me Tiny Tina”
“Tiny” Tina Arena, one of Australia’s most successful and enduring stars will take on the role of Eva Peron in Evita at the Sydney Opera House in September next year.
Tina, has a string of hit albums and singles and successful tours to her name, and will play the Argentinian political leader in the Andrew Lloyd Webber show.
She appeared as Sally Bowles in Cabaret in Sydney in 2002, and now feels the time is right to tackle the Eva Peron role.
The show follows Peron’s life through her political life as the first lady of Argentina to her death at just 33.
The Sydney Opera House season is the only city to be announced so far, however a tour will likely follow as with other Opera Australia musical collaborations with theatrical impresario John Frost.

Tickets for the show go on sale on August 31 through

A Giant In The Oz Rock Scene – 3 rare albums.

JO’K was a giant in the 50’s Rock scene here in Australia. This is the second in my series of re-mastered album covers. Released in 1958 by Festival, “Yours Johnny” featured Johnny O’Keefe and The DJ’s performing four songs: Roll Over Beethoven, Have I Told You Lately That I Love You, Comfort In My Heart, By The Light Of The Silvery Moon.

I was excited to find these albums still available. One of them vinyl (pretty rare)

The Very Best of The Wild One
Audio CD

Audio CD

My Heart Belongs To You

Rare find Col Joye Vinyls

Some wonderful and rare Col Joye vinyl albums


Col Joye, is an Australian popular entertainer and entrepreneur. Joye was the first Australian rock and roll singer to have a number one record Australia-wide, and experienced a string of chart successes in the early Australian rock and roll scene.

Recording as a solo artist and with his backing band The Joy Boys, which included his brothers Kevin and Keith, he enjoyed a string of hits on the local and national singles charts of Australia beginning in 1959.

Col’s single “Bye Bye Baby”, reached No.3 on the Kent Music Report charts in 1959, followed by “Rockin Rollin Clementine” also peaking at No.3, His single, “Oh Yeah Uh Huh”, became his most successful, peaking at No.1. He also had other charting singles, including “Yes Sir That’s My Baby” peaking at No.5 nationally.

Col Joye was an original member of Brian Henderson’s Bandstand television program, and appeared regularly on this show for fourteen years. He also toured Australia with Judy Stone, Sandy Scott, and Little Pattie.

In 1973, Col had another hit record, with “Heaven Is My Woman’s Love” reaching No. 1 on the Go-Set charts in 1973.

Source: Wikipedia

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Lonnie Lee’s "Don’t Look Back" Link to buy.

Ain’t it so in 1959, was a big hit for Lonnie Lee. This was followed by Starlight Starbright then in 1960, Yes Indeed I do, I found a new love, Defenceless. In 1961 and 1962 Sit Around and Talk, When the bells stop ringing, Sitting by the river, Don’t you know Pretty baby and others.

His last #1 record was in 1969 with his own song ‘ Sad Over Someone’ (SOS)
Over all he had 8 national #1 hits and 5 Gold Records. Lonnie currently tours Australia, and the world playing your favourites, the music you grew up with,

In October 2007 he toured with fellow performers Crash Craddock, Bobby Vee and Lesley Gore from that original Rock’n’Roll era and many still say he was the stand out on that tour. It was an historic tour as 49 years before, he had toured with Crash with The Everley Brothers and other US stars of the time.

In 2008 he launched another show titled, Lonnie Lee’s CRY!. It features 20 plus songs made popular by Johnnie Ray the first big pop star who many including Tony Bennett say was the father of Rock’n’Roll. The show features Lonnie, his band The Leemen together with a big band.

This takes Lonnie full circle from his teenager years in the early 1950s when he listened and sang along to these songs on the radio.
Lonnie makes all the songs his own in his Cry Show, with all the influences that makes Lonnie Lee what he is today.

Lonnie, who takes on the role of a crooner and a singer of pop standards and the show, receive rave reviews his management hope to take it internationally.
As well as this show he still continues to perform with his band as Lonnie Lee and the Leemen in the show The Best of Lonnie Lee.
Like other today performers, he has web sites on My Space, Facebook and YouTube

Listen to his music and buy CD’s at: Lonnie’s Website:

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"Villain of The Peace" Rare Vinyl. Link to Buy.

Three great albums from Glenn Shorrock. Available right away.

Villain of The Peace
SHOP NOW! The First 20 Years
SHOP NOW! 45 Years of Song

Glenn Shorrock, a self-confessed child of rock and roll, began singing in 1962 with a vocal group called The Twilights. By 1965, the Twilights became a six piece group based in Melbourne scoring hits with Needle in a Haystack, Bad Boy, and If she finds out.

The Twilights won the 1966 ‘Hoadleys National Battle of the Sounds’ which gave them the opportunity to record in England at the famed Abbey Road Studios. That session produced further hits “Whats wrong with the way I live” “Young Girl ” and “9/50 ”.

Axiom with Brian Cadd followed shortly after The Twilights disbanded, and went on to produce hits including Arkansas Grass and Little Ray of Sunshine. Axiom disbanded soon after moving to London in 1970. Glenn chose to remain in London as a session singer and songwriter joining a twelve-piece rock orchestra named Esperanto Rock Orchestra, as lead singer alongside 2 fellow Aussie’s Janice Slater & Brian Holloway. “Statue Of Liberty” was included on their first Self-Titled album in 1973, predating LRB’s version by 2 years.

At the conclusion of 1974, Glenn returned to Melbourne to help form Little River Band as lead singer. Managed by Glenn Wheatley, Little River Band cracked the lucrative United States market in 1976, and began a string of eight Top Ten Hits in the U.S.A. and around the world. The band has sold in excess of 25 million albums, often being credited for opening the door for many Australian acts on the international circuit.

In 1995, Glenn fronted Little River Band during their 20th year anniversary, three and a half-month tour of the United States. His songwriting credits include the international hits Help is on its Way, Emma, Home on Monday (co-writer Beeb Birtles), Long Jumping Jeweller, Shut Down Turn Off, My Own Way Home (co-writter Brian Cadd) and Cool Change. Glenn’s last CD was released in 2000: Spin Me ‘Round, co-produced with Brian Cadd.